New Open Access Publishing Agreements

Emory Libraries is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2023, all Emory University researchers (i.e., anyone with an email address) can publish open access in all American Chemical Society (ACS), Royal Society (RS), and Institute of Physics (IOP) journals at no cost to the researcher. These costs – called article processing charges (APCs) – typically range quite widely from $500 to over $10,000 and are usually paid partially or fully out of authors’ departmental or grant funds or special library funds, such as Emory’s Open Access Publishing Fund.  

The new open access publishing agreements join the Cambridge University Press (CUP) agreement that has been in place since January 1, 2022. Now in its second year, the CUP agreement boasts 38 articles from Emory researchers, with more articles in process for 2023. With these new agreements in place, the Libraries continues its efforts to maximize the accessibility, availability, and impact of Emory research. 

The process for making your article open access is simple. When you are accepted for publication in an ACS, RS, or IOP journal, you will be asked if you wish to publish your research open access, either as a “funding request” or a “Read and Publish” option. Respond in the affirmative, and no further action is required on your part. Simplified instructions for each publisher are below: 

 Note: Be sure to use your email address to take advantage of each open access agreement. 


  • During submission via ACS Paragon Plus, select Emory University from a drop-down box and use your Emory email address (note: Emory researchers must be the corresponding author to qualify for this funding). 
  • Complete the Journal Publishing Agreement to publish open access and retain copyright.  
  • Click on the ‘Order Open Access’ link in the JPA tool to submit the open access funding request. 
  • We will be alerted of your open access funding request and your work will be published as ACS open access via a CC BY 4.0 license and made freely available on the ACS Publications website at no cost to you. 


  • At step 6 in the submission process, you can indicate that you want to publish open access. Select this option, and IOP will contact you separately. 
  • Either during the peer review process or once your article has been accepted for publication, you will be asked to sign an open access copyright form to publish under a CC BY 4.0 license. 

Royal Society 

  • During the submission process, simply state details of your institution, then select the “Read & Publish” option. 


  • Confirm the Creative Commons license under which the article should be published. Please note your funder may require you to select a specific Creative Commons license, e.g., CC BY 4.0 license. 
  • Rightslink works on Cambridge’s behalf to process article process charges (APCs). When you are contacted by Rightslink, enter Emory University in the ‘Affiliation Discount’ section 
  • Your APC will be automatically waived. 

For more information on recent open access publishing agreements, please contact Jennifer Townes, open access librarian; Jody Bailey, head of our Scholarly Communications Office, or Christopher Palazzolo, head of collection management.

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